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adjective pri·mor·di·al \prī-ˈmȯr-dē-əl\

Simple Definition of primordial

  • : existing from the beginning of time : very ancient

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of primordial

  1. 1 a :  first created or developed :  primeval 1 b :  existing in or persisting from the beginning (as of a solar system or universe) <a primordial gas cloud> c :  earliest formed in the growth of an individual or organ :  primitive <primordial cells>

  2. 2 :  fundamental, primary <primordial human joys — Sir Winston Churchill>


play \-dē-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of primordial in a sentence

  1. <all life on Earth supposedly came from a primordial ooze in existence many millions of years ago>

Did You Know?

The history of "primordial" began when the Latin words primus (meaning "first") and "ordiri" (meaning "to begin") came together to form "primordium," the Latin word for "origin." When it entered English in the 14th century, "primordial" was used in the general sense "primeval." Early on, there were hints that "primordial" would lend itself well to discussions of the earth's origins. Take, for instance, this passage from a 1398 translation of an encyclopedia called On the Properties of Things: "The virtu of God made primordial mater, in the whiche as it were in massy thinge the foure elementis were . . . nought distinguishd." Nowadays, primordial matter is often referred to in evolutionary theory as "primordial soup," a mixture of organic molecules from which life on earth originated.

Origin and Etymology of primordial

Middle English, from Late Latin primordialis, from Latin primordium origin, from primus first + ordiri to begin — more at prime, order

First Known Use: 14th century

Medical Dictionary


adjective pri·mor·di·al \prī-ˈmȯrd-ē-əl\

Medical Definition of primordial

  1. :  earliest formed in the growth of an individual or organ :  primitive <the primordial skeleton>

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